Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/03/11 at 12:15 AM ET
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Playing the part of Jaroslav Halak in 2010 in the 2011 playoffs (so far anyway) is the pride of Simcoe, Ont. – 41-year-old Dwayne Roloson, who is proving once again that, for some players, age is just a number in the NHL and not a state of mind.
Roloson’s Tampa Bay Lightning have won five games in a row and have the Eastern Conference favourites, the Washington Capitals, on the ropes after winning the first two games of their best-of-seven series on the road….
Roloson has a sparkling .947 save percentage and is only the third goaltender 40 or older to win six or more games in a single postseason, after Jacques Plante (eight wins with the 1969 St. Louis Blues) and Dominik Hasek (10 with the 2007 Detroit Red Wings)....
There is still a long way for Tampa to go – and maybe the biggest challenge yet comes this week, thanks to the NHL schedule maker, who has the Lightning playing the next two home games on back-to-back days (Tuesday and Wednesday). Boucher noted on a conference call with reporters Monday he will be interested in seeing where his team’s energy level for those games are, given it needed to go seven to eliminate Pittsburgh, while Washington had a relatively easy time of it (defeating the New York Rangers in five games).
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